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Kassel. At the IdE Institute for Decentralised Energy Technologies the Smart Consumer project is now underway. This large-scale project, which has an overall volume of over 10 million euros, will see experts from the IdE Institute for Decentralised Energy Technologies, Arburg, Imtech and Limón realising and trialling measures for boosting industrial energy efficiency within the industrial companies Ferrero and Junghans Kunststoffwarenfabrik. Ferrero and Junghans Kunststoffwarenfabrik are both based in Hessen and are making their production operations available for this research activity. The project will be supported by the Federal Ministry for Economic Affairs and Energy over the next three and a half years. The main objective of the project is the implementation of intelligent solutions for the management and reduction of energy requirements in real production environments. “Here we believe it is important that the solutions developed can be applied to other businesses too”, explains Professor Hesselbach, Science Director of the IdE Institute.

The Smart Consumer project consists of two sub-projects. In the Smart CHP sub-project the focus is on the optimisation of energy provision for plastics-processing businesses. Taking the Junghans firm as an example, the primary energy needs and the energy costs should likewise be reduced by around 50 percent. “Sustainable management has long been a fundamental element of our company. This research project offers us the possibility of becoming the most energy-efficient plastics-processing injection moulding firm in Europe. The future reduction of our energy requirements by 50 percent is a milestone in our company history and represents our contribution to the energy revolution”, comments Managing Director Klaus Junghans. To this end, however, the current electrical heating of the production machines must be converted to run on a thermal oil supply. This way the machines can be operated flexibly using heat from CHP processes, gas combustion or electrical energy. Increasing the degree of energy recovery is the main focus here.

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